Itanagar: Arunachal Pradesh Governor Brig (Retd) Dr BD Mishra on Tuesday called upon the Indian Armed Forces officers to be fearless and forthright, stating they must build up their professional competence to the extent that the political leaders get convinced that whatever is being suggested by the military leaders is in the best interest of the country.
The Governor said this while speaking at the 48th Advanced Professional Programme in Public Administration at the Indian Institute of Public Administration (IIPA), New Delhi today.
Addressing the trainee officers, including senior government officers and defence forces officers in the rank of Brigadiers and Commodores, the Governor emphasised on strengthening the civil-military relations based on confidence-building, mutual trust, mutual knowledge of civil-military affairs and a transparent interface between the civil and military leadership.
“It is essential to have mutual respect for each other’s domain in decision making and plans implementation for good civil-military relations, and these concepts and actions should be closely integrated,” he said.
While sharing his observation as a former infantry officer of the Indian Army and as head of the State, the Governor called for the optimization of civil-military relations as an integral part of the National Defence Policy. He said that the civil-military relations must aim at making the Indian Armed Forces ‘Atma Nirbhar’ and making our country ‘Shreshtha Bharat’.
The Governor, who has laid a strong foundation of trust and cooperation between civil administration and military establishments in the State, said that he is proud to say that in Arunachal Pradesh, the present civil-military relations are its best. It has facilitated the bonhomie with the Army amongst the civil population, he underscored.